Although it doesn’t feel like it yet, spring is on the way. For me, that means that it’s almost time to hit the road for some government contracts conferences and industry events.
This spring, my travels will take me to Washington State, Colorado, and Iowa for events I am really looking forward to attending.
I am back in the Midwest after traveling to Atlanta last week for the National Veterans Small Business Engagement. This annual event was everything it was cracked up to be, featuring an incredible array of government officials, veteran-owned businesses, large prime contractors, and industry leaders.
Thank you to everyone who attended my learning session on GAO bid protests–you were a very engaged audience. Thank you, as well, to the organizers of the event, who assembled an outstanding variety of sessions and kept everything running very smoothly.
Thanks also to all of my veteran-owned clients and contacts who attended from all over the country. It was good to see so many familiar faces, and in some cases to put faces to names for the first time. And most importantly, for all the veterans who attended (and those who were unable to do so this year), thank you for your service to our country.
I am back in Lawrence after a trip to the Southwest, where I spoke at the Holloman Air Force Base Industry Day in Alamogordo, New Mexico. My morning session addressed communicating with contracting officers, and my afternoon session covered teaming and joint venturing on set-aside contracts. During lunch, I also gave a brief update on recent government contracting legal developments.
A big “thank you” to the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Program and New Mexico Small Business Development Center for inviting me to be a part of this great event. And thank you to all of the contractors (small and large) and industry professionals who attended my sessions, asked excellent questions, and shared their own experiences.
It has been a busy year of travel and I am not quite done yet. Next month, I will be in Atlanta for the National Veterans Small Business Engagement. I hope to see you there.
GAO bid protests were the focus of my presentation at this year’s Navy Gold Coast conference in San Diego. If you weren’t able to make it to Gold Coast in August, I have good news: the conference organizers have made all of this year’s presentations available online, free of charge.
My GAO bid protest presentation covers the GAO’s jurisdiction, who can file a protest, the timeliness rules, how the protest process works, protest outcomes, success rates, and more. To view my Gold Coast presentation on GAO bid protests, just follow this link. And don’t forget to check out the other great presentations from this year’s Gold Coast conference, too.
My friend Guy Timberlake of the American Small Business Coalition has launched GovConChat, which Guy described as a “candid and informative conversation with movers, shakers and thought-leaders from around the federal contracting community.”
Earlier this week, I joined Guy for a GovConChat segment. We discussed several major changes that could be implemented as a result of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, as well as a recent court case holding that an offeror did not qualify for a GSA Schedule task order when the offeror’s affiliate (but not the offeror itself) held a GSA Schedule contract. You can listed to our entire chat by following this link.
GovConChat is a great new resource to help contractors obtain perspectives from across the industry. Go check it out, and let me know if there is a particular blog post–or other government contracts legal issue–that you would like to hear me discuss in a future segment.
I am back in Lawrence after a trip to the Washington area, where I spoke at the National HUBZone Conference. My conference presentation focused on the special rules for joint venturing and teaming on HUBZone set-aside contracts.
Thank you to Mark Crowley and the HUBZone Council for inviting me to be a part of this year’s National HUBZone Conference. Thank you also to the clients, old friends, and new connections who made the conference especially worthwhile. And thank you, too, to all those who attended my seminar and asked so many great questions.
After speaking at four government contracts conferences since August, I am beginning to feel a bit like a road warrior. My next conference travels will take me to Wichita, Philadelphia, and New Mexico. If we haven’t connected at an event yet this year, I hope to see you there.
I am back in Kansas after spending two days at the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma. On the first day of the summit, I gave a luncheon keynote on legal updates in government contracting. The second day, I gave a breakout session on prime/subcontractor teaming agreements.
My thanks to Carter Merkle, Dan Little Axe, and their colleagues for hosting this the summit and inviting me to speak. A big thank you, as well, to all of the conference attendees for making the ICBS such a great event.
After a few weeks at home, I will be traveling to the Washington DC area for the HUBZone National Conference. If you are a HUBZone firm, I hope to see you there.